Transfer Students from Community College

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/20 10:00 AM / by Sarah Palmer

Is transferring into a 4-year university from a community college an easier way to gain admission into a prestigious institution? Statistically, no! There are a lot of myths floating around about transfer students. Let's talk about some pros and cons and bust some myths. 

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Prepare For Your Alumni Interview

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/11/20 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Your alumni interview is coming up. I know it seems daunting, but the interviewers are looking to advocate for your background, achievements, and interests. They'll be describing your personality, warmth, sense of humor, and ability to communicate to the admissions officer. In turn, you're evaluating them and their alma mater, too. Let's prepare you to shine. 

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Found A Club- Meaningfully

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/9/20 10:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Starting a school club is a great way to create your own leadership opportunity, but there are some moves that come off as insincere or unfocused to admissions officers. Let's talk about crafting a mission statement that ensures long term impact, and demos evidence of your drive. 

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Your College Visit Checklist

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/31/19 4:09 PM / by Farah Weheba

University tours try to razzle–dazzle you with alumni facts, trivia, fun facts about parts of the campus that have appeared in movies, etc. Prepare a list so you can stay present and get swept up in the excitement, but gather the info you set out to collect along the way. 

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Do Your Homework On College Campus Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/30/19 12:48 AM / by Farah Weheba

When writing your college essays, you'll want to demonstrate some attachment to the university as far as the campus culture and applicable academic research. You also owe it to yourself to apply to schools that align with your personal values, unless you seek to be immersed in opposition. 

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Should I Apply To College As An Undecided Major?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/27/19 3:20 PM / by Farah Weheba

Applying to colleges admittedly undecided about your major is actually way harder than centering your application around a focused intended major. You’re signing up for a very challenging strategy- persuasion about your unbridled potential, while squashing suspicions that you’re aimless. 

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Applying Internationally – Building Your Extracurricular College Profile

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/19 5:32 PM / by Sarah Palmer

US high schools often build extracurricular activities into their student experience, but this might not be the case if you’re attending a high school in another country. In my years working in China, I’ve often seen students struggle to build their extracurricular (EC) activities list. If this applies to you, here are some options. 

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Make It- A College Portfolio Arts & Holiday Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/4/19 3:36 PM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

This holiday season, highlight your leadership, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Demonstrate your aptitude and dedication, whether or not you plan on majoring in the arts.

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Resilience in Facing College Decision Letters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

The old adage is "You are what you eat," not "You are where you were accepted." We're serving up some perspective to untangle your sense of self-worth from your college admissions letters. 

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College Admissions: Let’s Go Dragon Slaying

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/15/19 11:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

Good grades aren’t enough to drive admission to a top tier college. What sets you apart is demonstrable weirdness. We'll explain.

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Controversial College Essay Topics

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/12/19 5:00 PM / by Farah Weheba

Wondering how to handle delicate topics in your college essays? You're not alone. College admissions officers get one good chance to understand you as a person through your essays. Deciding how to approach topics like politics and mental health can be a challenge. While they're not easy areas to navigate, many students feel that their applications would not be complete without addressing some of their most polarizing opinions or life-changing experiences—however controversial. We're here to help.

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When Safety Schools Aren't Safety Schools

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/19 11:39 AM / by Vincent Nicandro

Though often one of the most overlooked parts of the college search, safety schools are actually a very critical component to ensure you have options after the admissions season is over. Everyone applying to colleges should have a safeguard. But as the college admissions field becomes all the more competitive across the board, at what point can we no longer consider mainstay safeties as near-guaranteed acceptances? 

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Ask Me Anything: How I Cracked BS/MD Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/23/19 10:15 AM / by Rohith Kariveda

Applying to college can be daunting, but applying to BS/MD programs can seem even more difficult. With admissions rates in the single digits, earning a spot in a medical school while in high school can seem like an impossible task. 

Having gone through the BS/MD application process last summer, there were several tips that I wish I had known before applying to medical programs. Below are some of the most important things I have taken away from my experience applying to BS/MD programs.

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Choosing a Major at the UCs

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/9/19 9:20 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

The University of California college application is officially online! Now that you're scrolling through the app, you may be wondering about how to handle that little check-box for selecting a major. With so many options available, the choice can seem overwhelming. As a follow-up to our previous discussion series about the UC system, we've also compiled a list of resources for those of you wondering what you need to know when picking a major.

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UC Admissions 3 of 3: What You Asked About the “Fine Print” of the University of California’s Admissions Process

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/19 9:35 AM / by Sheelah Bearfoot

Get the inside scoop on how to get into the UCs from our UC Admissions Expert, Sheelah. She’s seen UC admissions from all sides – she graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology, and has over four years of experience working in UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

This will be a three-part series, broadly covering the following categories:  1) evaluation of your academic record;  2) evaluation of your extracurriculars; and  3) fine-print admissions questions. Hope this helps clear up some confusion during this stressful process!

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